Travel Blogs from French Guiana

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Another wet carnival!, Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, French Guiana travel blog

Another wet carnival!

A travel blog entry by aborder

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... Dutch Guiana! Sorry, no pictures of the place or the food I ate or the transport, I was still giving the camera a chance!! So French Guiana, I spent almost six days here, longer than any other place except Rio. I loved the food, I loved the beach, and I ...

Deux Crepes avec sucre et citron!, Cayenne, French Guiana travel blog

Deux Crepes avec sucre et citron!

A travel blog entry by aborder

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... security guard hands me the application form to fill in ready for tomorrow. I walk back to the hotel and then the heavens opened!! I'm in French Guiana during their wet season! I know it rains some in the UK, but imagine all the rain in the UK falling on ...

French Guiana!, Cayenne, French Guiana travel blog

French Guiana!

A travel blog entry by dawn_smedley

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We spend just under 3 weeks ...

Terrific turtles, Awala-Yalimapo, French Guiana travel blog

Terrific turtles

A travel blog entry by holident

... grounds there was also an unused restaurant & a shop selling lots of essentials like carambars, reminding me of year 7 French lessons. Everyone enjoyed an early dinner of fusilli carbonara with vegetables - finally the ingredients were found to have ...

Punishing prison, St Laurent Du Maroni, French Guiana travel blog

Punishing prison

A travel blog entry by holident

... herby flour dumplings. Walking down the wide streets there were lot of old wrought-iron buildings built by convict labour; whilst the French design was pretty it was unsuitable for the climate. Next stop was the historical reason for the town; the Camp ...

Back in the (EU)SSR, Cayenne, French Guiana travel blog

Back in the (EU)SSR

A travel blog entry by els_and_peter

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... in Guyane wasn't clear), who seemed to have rapidly abandoned the back-breaking labour of rice paddy cultivation for the rather more French approach of driving tractors. The one sort of people we never saw were Amerindians, though we made no attempt to ...

Rain, Entrecote and the Guillotine, Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, French Guiana travel blog

Rain, Entrecote and the Guillotine

A travel blog entry by glassmerchant

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Down the Maroni river is the town built by the French to be the receiving centre for the prisoners transported to French Guiana. The town was built by the prisoners and still retains many of the original buildings which were in use up to ...

La folie des Hommes, Cayenne, French Guiana travel blog

La folie des Hommes

A travel blog entry by charlyvaness

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« La forêt précède les peuples ; le désert les suit. » François René de Chateaubriand.   Il était visionnaire, le père Chateaubriand. Il ne devait pas s'en douter, mais il a sacrément bien senti comment ...

Et ma France ??, Cayenne, French Guiana travel blog

Et ma France ??

A travel blog entry by charlyvaness

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Ce n'est pas parce qu'on est parti pendant 6 mois que notre beau pays, le plus beau du monde, a complètement disparu de notre vie. La France est partout, même modestement !!   Les pays Andins : ici, tout n'est ...

Turtles Big and Small, Awala-Yalimapo, French Guiana travel blog

Turtles Big and Small

A travel blog entry by glassmerchant

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We are just here for one night and hopefully we will get to see turtles??? We arrive at dusk and head down to the sea, the beach is not very wide but is made of fine white sand. The laying season is long so although we are late in the season we are ...

Penal Colony and Space Station, Kourou, French Guiana travel blog

Penal Colony and Space Station

A travel blog entry by glassmerchant

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... closed since 1954, the last prisoners sent in 1938. After a cold beer we have a guided tour from an extremely knowledgable french curator who learnt his english in Australia. Check out the history on Google it is fasinating in a horrible way. ...

Crossing the Sea, Cayenne, French Guiana travel blog

Crossing the Sea

A travel blog entry by els_and_peter

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... were offered cannabis three times, but somehow managed to resist the temptation.  Tomorrow we dock at Degrad des Cannes in French Guyana, where we will begin the next phase of our South American adventure. Peter's Haiku: Sunsets over the sea ...

Island paradise, Cayenne, French Guiana travel blog

Island paradise

A travel blog entry by holident

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... 'Papillon' - must watch it on my return! The system continued to operate into the 1950s. Prisoners were transported to French Guiana to serve out their sentences of hard labour in the Jungle. The most difficult prisoners were sent to these islands, ...

Begging to get home, Kourou, French Guiana travel blog

Begging to get home

A travel blog entry by olimoss

... Diable, and therefore it was high on the itinerary of my travelling companion who said he had always dreamed of visiting this overseas French territory since reading Papillon. For me, I had 48 hours and about as many euros left until I was flying out of ...

Spaced out, Kourou, French Guiana travel blog

Spaced out

A travel blog entry by holident

... space news attention, little is paid to the European contribution. In a couple of hours we were to discover why. The French are a fascinating bunch, eager to talk themselves up. As we drove around the French commentary droned on, I caught the general ...

In with the adventists, out with South America, Cayenne, French Guiana travel blog

In with the adventists, out with South America

A travel blog entry by olimoss

... I woke up and had a few hours to kill until I had to head to the airport. I wandered around the town, much like a provincial French departement capital with the town hall and local shops and a lazy pace of life. I wandered up a hill to where an old French ...

Crossing the Equator, Cayenne, French Guiana travel blog

Crossing the Equator

A travel blog entry by oldnavigator

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The days seem to be falling astern with great speed.  It seems that we rise for breakfast and in the blink of the eye find ourselves sitting down to a wonderful dinner.  Where does the time go?  So much to do and, it seems, so little time ...

Oh so French, Cayenne, French Guiana travel blog

Oh so French

A travel blog entry by glassmerchant

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... look at all the sights but there is nothing really special,an old fort, a wooden church and a number of lovely old French Colonial buildings. France is right here...genedames, pompiers and the Hotel de Ville. As short visit to the Suriname Consulate ...

Escape from Devil's Island, Devil's Island, French Guiana travel blog

Escape from Devil's Island

A travel blog entry by bumihills

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    Devil's Island is part of French Guiana, the only colony remaining on the continent of South America.  At one time it was a notorious French penal colony (until 1952). The horrors of the penal settlement became notorious with the ...

Bonjour!, Kourou, French Guiana travel blog

Bonjour!

A travel blog entry by holident

... us to the customs office 5 minutes before its closure for the day. Only the non-EUs needed their passports stamped as French Guiana is part of France, however the EUs all requested stamps as souvenirs. Heading to Cayenne was strange, Amazonian jungle ...

je dois amelioré ma française, Cayenne, French Guiana travel blog

je dois amelioré ma française

A travel blog entry by abacaxirlanda

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Officially part of France, speaking french(and various creoles and imported languages), using the Euro and with prices to match Paris. However here, i had the pleasure of sleeping in a hammock on the beach in an indiginous village, watching giant ...

Terug in Europa..., Duivelseiland, French Guiana travel blog

Terug in Europa...

A travel blog entry by sylviaenjeroen

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Sorry allemaal, dit verhaal heeft lang op zich laten wachten! Wij vertrekken inmiddels al bijna weer uit Suriname. Maar we maken een inhaalslag: nu het verhaal over ons vertrek uit Brasil en aankomst in Frans-Guyana. Binnen een paar dagen volgt Suriname. ...

Kourou, Kourou, French Guiana travel blog

Kourou

A travel blog entry by mikeandmary

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... it was to go to the old Commandants House which is now the museum, this had a very interesting display board in both French and English which explained all about the island and its famous people. It did list several people that did make successful ...

More turtles, Plage Les Hattes, French Guiana travel blog

More turtles

A travel blog entry by mikeandmary

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Time to move on a bit and so we have travelled about 70 kms to the beach at Les Hattes, this is another famous turtle beach which is directly opposite the Galibi Beach. This is the one for the Giant Leatherbacks; these can grow upto 750 kgs in weight, ...

Terug naar Saint-Laurent, Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, French Guiana travel blog

Terug naar Saint-Laurent

A travel blog entry by ingetravel

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 Vandaag willen we terug naar St-Laurent. Dat wordt geen makkelijke opgave: het is zondag, dus geen handelsdag, maar nog een dag tussen de muggen in onze niet al te beste hangmatten in een dorp waar eigenlijk weinig om handen is, zegt me niet zo ...

Bootje varen, Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, French Guiana travel blog

Bootje varen

A travel blog entry by ingetravel

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Na een nachtje goed en lang uitslapen, genieten we van een heerlijk ontbijt (omdat ze ons bij de telling vergeten waren, gaat de uitbater speciaal voor ons om verse croissants, wordt er nieuwe koffie gezet, etc...service op maat). Vandaag gaan we op zoek ...

Transported away, St Laurent, French Guiana travel blog

Transported away

A travel blog entry by mikeandmary

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... had to serve the same number of years as their original sentence up to 8 years if they served more they could not leave French Guyana. This time was still spent under penitentiary supervision. "The Banished" were in for a less serious offence but had ...

Inge´s verjaardag, Cacao, French Guiana travel blog

Inge´s verjaardag

A travel blog entry by ingetravel

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Vandaag is het mijn verjaardag. We wisten niet waar we terecht zouden komen, dus veel planning om het te vieren is er niet geweest. Het dorpje telt wel een paar restaurantjes, die vnl. op zondag veel volk lokken en verder de rest van de week nogal leeg ...

...en nog een dagje doen wat we moeten doen, Kourou, French Guiana travel blog

...en nog een dagje doen wat we moeten doen

A travel blog entry by ingetravel

 Kleren wassen en voorbereiding voor het weekend: tochten vergelijken, boodschappen doen. ´s Avonds zijn we met Samuel nog iets typisch Creools gaan eten en nadien zijn we naar een jazzoptreden in de TamTam gaan kijken. Een local kwam gezellig ...

Montagne des singes, Dégrad Saramaka, French Guiana travel blog

Montagne des singes

A travel blog entry by ingetravel

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 Samuel biedt ons aan zijn auto te lenen in ruil voor het binnenbrengen van die auto voor een kort nazicht bij de garage. Er zijn al een paar wachtenden voor ons, als we rond 7h30 aankomen. We zullen de auto rond de middag mogen gaan oppikken. We ...

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